Guido Deiro
Guido Deiro
Count Guido Pietro Deiro was a famous vaudeville star, international recording artist, composer and teacher. He was the first piano-accordionist to appear on big-time vaudeville, records, radio and the screen. Guido usually performed under the stage-name "Deiro".
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 63
    Died in 1950.
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  • 1947
    Age 60
    He became ill in 1947, and died of congestive heart failure in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details Although Deiro's substantial musical contributions were forgotten in no small part due to his brother's unscrupulous promotional claims and the passage of time, beginning in 2001 there has been a revival of interest in the music of Guido Deiro, primarily due to the efforts of his son, Count Guido Roberto Deiro, and his collaboration with American concert accordionist, historian and author Henry Doktorski. The two have worked together to (1) create a website dedicated to Deiro which went online in 2001, (2) record the complete works of Deiro: Vaudeville Accordion Classics, Bridge Records 9138 A/B (2003), (3) release The Complete Recorded Works of Guido Deiro, Vols. 1, 2, 3 and 4, Archeophone Records 5012, 5014, 5018 and 5019) (2007-2010), and (4) edit and publish The Complete Works of Guido Deiro Printed Music Anthology, Mel Bay Publications (2008). (See external links below.)
  • FORTIES
  • 1935
    Age 48
    Deiro continued to play vaudeville shows until at least 1935 and performed on two world tours, although after 1929, he traveled less and focused his career on the west coast of the United States.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1930s, he opened a number of accordion studios and taught and sold accordions. He also gave musical coaching to a young virtuoso accordionist-entertainer from Fresno, California: Dick Contino. After World War II, he lost most of his studios.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1920
    Age 33
    They officially divorced in 1920.
    More Details Hide Details His other marriages were to Julia Tatro (1913), Ruby Lang (1920-1927?), and Yvonne Teresa Le Baron de Forrest (1937–1941).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1914
    Age 27
    Deiro was married four times. His second marriage, in 1914, was to a young vaudeville star and sex symbol, Mae West (later to become a film star).
    More Details Hide Details For unknown reasons (possibly disapproval from her family or because she was legally married to another man), she did not publicly announce her marriage to Deiro. Throughout 1914 and several years thereafter, Mae and Guido traveled together and appeared all over the country on the same vaudeville stages.
  • 1911
    Age 24
    In addition to playing the popular hits of the day and light classical and operatic fare, Deiro composed his own original compositions. In 1911, Deiro wrote the hit song Kismet.
    More Details Hide Details Kismet became the theme song of a successful Broadway musical (1911) and was also featured in two Hollywood movies (1921, 1930). During his lifetime, he recorded more than 110 songs (primarily for Columbia Records, and occasionally for Edison phonograph cylinders). The records were enormously popular, and, along with his vaudeville stardom, helped to propel Deiro to the status of a minor celebrity in American culture. Throughout the teens and well into the 1920s, Deiro was a dominant voice of accordion. As Deiro showcased the piano accordion through his vaudeville performances across the United States, more and more people were introduced to the instrument, the popularity of the accordion increased. In 1928, Deiro was featured in an early sound film, Vitaphone #2968, titled GUIDO DEIRO: The World's Foremost Piano-Accordionist. He appeared as an accordionist in several other motion pictures, such as the musical Shine on Harvest Moon and the Carole Lombard comedy The Other Man.
  • 1910
    Age 23
    His opening debut was at the American Theatre in San Francisco (managed by Sid Grauman) on June 15, 1910.
    More Details Hide Details He became an immediate sensation, and began traveling the vaudeville circuit routinely back and forth across the United States and Canada (and other countries as well) as a headliner. During his travels, he met and became friends with another famous Italian accordionist: Pietro Frosini.
    In 1910 he was discovered by an agent for the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit.
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  • 1908
    Age 21
    His success as a performer led the Ronco-Vercelli accordion company in Italy to ask him to demonstrate their new piano-accordions at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1908.
    More Details Hide Details This world's fair was held in Seattle from June to October 1909. After the fair, he stayed on in Seattle working as a musician in saloons. By this time, he had become a virtuoso at playing a piano accordion.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1886
    Born
    Born in 1886.
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